Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Edenton, Hyannis Jockey For Top Spot As Post-Season Play Gets Underway

The Cape Cod League’s Hyannis Harbor Hawks and Coastal Plain League’s Edenton Steamers have traded the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s Top 25 summer college league teams for most of the 2011 season, and both clubs are fittingly playing their best baseball of the summer as post-season play is set to get underway in most leagues.

The Steamers occupy the top spot for the third week in a row, even though they recently had a 12-game winning streak snapped. They have won 14 of 15 and are 19-2 in the second half of the CPL schedule. Overall, the Steamers are 38-10 on the season.

Hyannis held down the No. 1 position early in the season and continues to be the top team in the Cape Cod League, acknowledged as the nation’s top summer league. With a nine-run outburst in the sixth inning of their 9-5 win over Bourne Wednesday, the Hawks stretched their latest winning streak to seven games. Overall, they are 26-12.

Playoffs in both the Cape Cod and Coastal Plain leagues get underway next week, and the Steamers and Harbor Hawks will be favored to close out the 2011 schedule in style.

Post-season play in several other summer leagues, meanwhile, begins on several fronts today, and the Cal Ripken League’s No. 3-ranked Bethesda Big Train, which finished the regular season with a 33-9 record, will be gunning for its third straight playoff title.

Also on today’s agenda is the New England Collegiate League all-star game, being played in Lynn, Mass. On Friday, the Cape Cod League will host its annual all-star game at Boston’s Fenway Park (Perfect Game’s Allan Simpson will have reports from both games).

With post-season play lurking in most summer leagues, we have expanded this week’s ranking of the nation’s top teams by 10, from a Top 25 to a Top 35.

1 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 38-10
2 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod League 26-12
3 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr League 33-9
4 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 32-11
5 Wenatchee Applesox WA West Coast League 30-9
6 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 33-11
7 Orleans Firebirds MA Cape Cod League 20-16
8 East Texas Pumpjacks TX Texas Collegiate League 32-13
9 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 31-12
10 Mankato MoonDogs MN Northwoods League 32-19
11 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 24-13
12 Kenai Peninsula Oilers AK Alaska League 26-14
13 Quincy Gems IL Prospect League 30-15
14 Holyoke Blue Sox MA New England Collegiate League 24-13
15 St. Joseph Mustangs MO MINK League 34-10
16 Southern Ohio Copperheads OH Great Lakes League 26-12
17 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 38-4
18 Bourne Braves MA Cape Cod League 20-17
19 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 21-17
20 Winchester Royals VA Valley League 29-14
21 Corvallis Knights OR West Coast League 26-15
22 Amsterdam Mohawks NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 26-14
23 Battle Creek Bombers MI Northwoods League 29-20
24 Fayetteville Swampdogs NC Coastal Plain League 28-20
25 Danbury Westerners CT New England Collegiate League 23-13
26 Lima Locos OH Great Lakes League 24-14
27 Leesburg Lightning FL Florida Collegiate League 25-11
28 Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox MA Cape Cod League 18-17
29 Terre Haute Rex IN Prospect League 27-19
30 Jersey Pilots NJ Atlantic Collegiate League 22-10
31 Utica Brewers NY New York Collegiate League 32-12
32 Alexandria Beetles MN Northwoods League 29-20
33 Glens Falls Golden Eagles NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 24-15
34 Keene Swamp Bats NH New England Collegiate League 23-14
35 Brewster White Caps MA Cape Cod League 18-17

Others receiving consideration: Youse's Maryland Orioles/Cal Ripken (24-16); Forest City Owls/Coastal Plain (27-20); Thomasville Hi-Toms/Coastal Plain (27-22); Winter Park Diamond Dawgs/Florida (21-10); Oahu Paddlers/Hawaii (20-12); Hays Larks/Jayhawk (19-14); Haysville Heat/Jayhawk (20-12); Vermont Mountaineers/New England Collegiate (23-14); Webster Yankees/New York Collegiate (30-14); Oneonta Outlaws/New York Collegiate (29-15); LaCrosse Loggers/Northwoods (28-22); Nashville Outlaws/Prospect (26-19); Morganton Aggies/Southern (27-11); Douglasville Bulls/Sunbelt (22-3); Bend Elks/West Coast (24-18); Regina Red Sox/Western Major (30-10); Okotoks Dawgs/Western Major (32-12).
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